Accepting award, the priest told Prince William he was praying for his family
Fr Brian D’Arcy receives OBE for cross community work

Fr Brian D’Arcy receives OBE for cross community work

Fr Brian D’Arcy receives OBE for cross community work

Fr Brian D’Arcy receives OBE for cross community work

Fr Brian D’Arcy receives OBE for cross community work

Fr Brian D’Arcy receives OBE for cross community work
Fr Brian D’Arcy receives OBE for cross community work
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Fr Brian D’Arcy received an Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his work building cross community relations in Northern Ireland in recent decades, at a ceremony in Buckingham Palace on Tuesday.

Fr D’Arcy received the award from the Duke of Cambridge, Prince William, after agreeing to accept the honour last year.

Fr D’Arcy said royal officials were eager to award an OBE to a figure in Northern Ireland due to recent political difficulties between nationalist and unionist communities.

“They were pretty keen that someone would step forward, because the political situation in the North was so bad and nothing was happening and they were just looking to increase some form of cross-community relations and some form of help towards a healing path,” he said.

“It’s nice to get something to celebrate rather than be in grief about,” he told the RTÉ radio Ray D’Arcy show.

The priest said the honour had been offered to him “some time ago,” and then again by royal officials last year. “I texted a few people and said I don’t think you can refuse it,” he said.

“How can you say that you were working towards cross community relations and then refuse to take an award because of whatever,” he said.

“My reservation was I didn’t feel that I should be getting an award for something that I should be doing as a priest anyway,” Fr D’Arcy said. He said he “absolutely” did not have any objection in principle to accepting the honour.

When accepting the OBE, the priest told Prince William he was praying for his family. In recent days the British Royal family has been involved in major turmoil over a decision by Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, to step back as senior royals.

“I said in my particular job I’m fairly used to families having difficulties and everything can be worked out,” Fr D’Arcy told RTÉ radio.

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Resident at HSE disability centre felt they were treated like a baby – Hiqa report

Resident at HSE disability centre felt they were treated like a baby – Hiqa report

A resident at a HSE disability centre in Co Sligo said they felt like they were “treated like a baby”, a report from the State’s health watchdog says.

Inspectors from the Health Information and Quality Authority (Hiqa) found “disrespectful language” was used in some care notes at Rosenheim Services regarding residents’ “intimate care management”.

The unannounced inspection, which took place over two days last October, found the centre was not compliant with nine regulations.

Of the 25 inspection reports published by Hiqa on Tuesday on designated centres for people with disabilities, a good level of compliance with regulation and standards was found in 19 centres.

Inspectors said it was noted in care notes that a resident at Rosenheim Services “expressed that they felt like they were ‘treated like a baby’ and did not like the way certain staff treated them”.

Residents told inspectors they were not permitted treats when certain staff were on duty, with one resident stating that they “liked to go home to family as they could choose what they wanted to eat at home”.

“In addition, there was disrespectful language used in some care notes with regard to residents’ intimate care management, and this had not been identified and addressed by the person in charge,” the inspection report said.

“The person in charge acknowledged that she was not aware of these concerns, and safeguarding procedures had not been followed to establish if there were reasonable grounds for concern.”

Inspectors found that governance and management arrangements in place at Rosenheim Services were “poor” which was negatively impacting on the quality of life and safety of residents in two of the five residential houses in the centre.

Inspectors also found there was “insufficient staff” in place to meet the needs of residents in some parts of the centre. Hours that were assigned for social outings were at times utilised to cover staff absences, “which resulted in a reduction of residents’ accessing community outings of choice”.

They also said “significant improvements” were required in the centre to ensure that the care delivered to residents was safe, of a high quality and in line with residents’ needs and individual choices.

Tipperary

Separately, inspectors at Damien House in Co Tipperary found residents’ finances had not been managed in a “safe and secure manner”.

The announced inspection last September was the third to take place at the centre within a year. The centre was found to be not compliant with eight regulations.

Inspectors said that while fire drills took place in all houses, in one instance they noted that the time frame for evacuation was 20 minutes.

“A fire containment door in one of the houses did not close fully as there was a draft excluder in place and no self-closure on this door. This could pose a risk to the residents’ safety,” the inspection report said.

Inspectors also said that despite a significant amount of works being undertaken on the premises, one of the centre’s houses remained “stark and uninviting” with a large number of rooms locked and a “sterile type environment”.

Status yellow wind warning in place for three counties

Status yellow wind warning in place for three counties

Met Éireann have put a status yellow wind warning in place for three counties.

The warning is in place for Donegal, Galway and Mayo.

The forecaster said there will be "west to southwest winds 50 to 60km/hr gusts 90 to 100km/hr with risk of coastal flooding around the period of high tides."

The warning is in effect from 10pm on Tuesday and will be in place until 6pm on Wednesday.

On Monday, there was widespread damage as Storm Brendan passed over Ireland.

Yesterday, Met Eireann's head of forecasting Evelyn Cusack said the storm had "been a very energetic system and a very active storm and it has done some damage and unfortunately some accidents."

At its worst, nearly 50,000 homes and business were without power.

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